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Mars recalls its chocolate candies across Europe

By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   Feb. 23, 2016 at 12:43 PM

VIERSEN, Germany, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The German division of candy maker Mars Inc. announced a safety recall of Mars, Snickers, Milky Way Minis and Celebrations products Tuesday.

The recall, affecting candies with "best by" dates between June 19, 2016 and Jan.8, 2017, came after a customer called Mars' office in Viersen, Germany, to report he found a plastic particle in one product.

It is regarded as a Europe-wide recall, although Mars Inc. has not offered a list of affected countries.

"The affected bars were produced in the Netherlands and from there ... distributed to several European countries," said company spokesman Raoul Hamacher.

The Netherlands candy factory is in Veghel, and the affected chocolates were likely made in a four-week period, he added. Of the window of time expressed in the "best by" dates, Hamacher said, "We deliberately expanded the time span a bit to be on the safe side."

Mars' European headquarters is in Brussels and its products are made in two factories, in Veghel and in Slough, a suburb of London.

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